Bug bitten Schumer proposes Lyme disease funding

Sen. Charles Schumer is pushing for awareness of Lyme disease after he was bitten by a tick during a news conference in the lower Hudson Valley.

Schumer is proposing a bill that will provide $100 million over five years to increase prevention, treatment and research of Lyme disease. ?If Lyme disease is detected early, it's curable and that's what happened to me,? said Schumer.

Westchester County, one of the hardest-hit areas in the state, reported more than 2,500 cases of Lyme disease in the past 10 years. Doctors say the disease could cause neurological damage if it isn't treated.

Pat Smith, of the Lyme Disease Association, says Schumer's legislation, if passed would be a crucial step in the early detection and treatment of the disease.To view more on the legislation, go to channel 612 on your iO digital cable box and click on iO Extra.

Related Information Lyme Disease Association

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."